As owners of the Wooden Nickel Thrift Shop, Nick and Stephanie Albert know there are always folks in the community that are in need.
With that in mind, the Hillsville business is teaming with Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church and opening its doors to the community to give back to those in need. Beginning Feb. 11, The Wooden Nickel Community Outreach Clothing Closet will offer clothing for those in need. The Wooden Nickel’s Clothing Closet will be open the second Saturday of each month from 2-6 p.m. (and 2-7 p.m. during summer months) with a goal to help with clothing for those in need.
On those days, every person is allowed to get three shirts, three pants, one jacket, one pair of shoes, and three pair of socks and underwear when available. Some household items will be also be included when available. All items are donations courtesy of Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church and friends, family, and community members of The Wooden Nickel.
“Since we are not a non-profit or a 501(c)3 and we can’t give a tax credit, we decided we are just going to give back where we can. As long as we can pay the bills, we’re good. We’ve got families out here working two jobs, both parents, have three or four kids, you can’t keep up with fast-paced size changes. So we just felt compelled between the church family, friends and family and people Stephanie has known from working throughout town, that if somebody comes in here and they need a jacket, a sweater, pick out what you need. We are just trying to do something to help the community.”
Jeff Pickett, Pastor of Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church, said the local church often gives items to The Wooden Nickel. Nick and Stephanie Albert are members of the church’s congregation, and Pickett said a shared passion for helping others led to the partnership.
“We both want to give back to the community if they need it. They do come to our church and we are thankful for that and we are thankful for what God is doing in their lives and wanting to help others,” Pickett said. “They have a big heart for community and people and it’s just another avenue we can share and help minister for our community.”
While the Clothing Closet will be held the second Saturday of each month, Nick Albert said The Wooden Nickel may look at moving it twice a month if there is a significant demand. If someone is truly in need, they don’t have to wait until the second Saturday, either.
“We help wherever we can. If somebody comes in the door and says, ‘Hey Nick, you got a sweater or a jacket or pair of pants?’ Hey, take what you need, man,” he said. “If you’ve got the resources to help somebody, why not? We are just like everybody else, we pay bill to bill to bill, but as long as the bill gets paid I don’t care, and if we can help somebody along the way, that’s great.”
The Wooden Nickel is located at 202 N. Main Street in Hillsville. Albert describes it as a basic thrift store with clothes, housewares, music, movies, toys, jewelry, “regular household essentials and a few antiques.” It’s a family business, owned and operated by Albert, his wife and their children. The store is open from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and can be contacted by calling (276) 229-9707.
Albert said his wife Stephanie worked three jobs for five months to save up enough money to get the building on Main Street. She did it because it’s something she’s always wanted to do.
“This is what we always wanted to do when we opened the store and now we are ready for it,” Albert said. “If we can pay the bills and help people out, I’m good with that. And so far between the friends, family and church that know what we are doing, we’ve had a heck of an outpouring. We’ve had all kinds of stuff being brought in. We want to thank God, our family, friends and church community because without them we wouldn’t be able to offer this.”
In the meantime, he hopes with the Wooden Nickel, the dance center across the street, the new hair salon on the corner and several new places to eat in town, more people will see Hillsville as a destination.
“I am hoping when the warmer weather comes they start coming out, shop a little bit, go eat some dinner, go to all the different places they have to go to now,” he said. “That would be good to have events and stuff like that that we can have in town for us instead of everybody always wanting to go somewhere else down the road.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN